The annual User Interaction Meet was organized at NRSC, Balanagar, Hyderabad during 21st & 22nd January 2015. The inaugural session started with the welcome address of Dr.P.G.Diwakar, DD RSA&SDAPSA followed by Dr.V.K.Dadhwal, Director, NRSC briefed the new products and services that are available from NRSC . He also emphasized the current paradigm shift in data dissemination in terms of many data available for free download.
Dr.R.R.Navalgund, Vikram Sarabhai Distinguished Professor, ISRO HQRS who was the guest of honor in his address brought out the evolution of Remote Sensing programs, services rendered and user perception about NRSC that symbolizes the professionalism in NRSC activities and relations established with the user community. He also released the CD on 40 years of reminiscences of NRSC. Dr.K.P.Krishnan, Secretary DoLR, who was the chief guest talked about the IRS utilization NRSC’s linkages to user communities and the efforts in reaching the users for refining the systems through annual user meets. Dr.Krishnan reiterated the usefulness of Waste Land mapping and creation of DoLR. He also pointed out that “we owe our existence to NRSC” who wants to have more interaction and exploit “bhuvan” platform for their projects. The chief guest inaugurated the exhibition. The inaugural session ended with the vote of thanks by Dr.R.Nagaraja, GD (NDC).
The first plenary session was chaired by Dr.R.R.Navalgund which comprises of four presentations. Dr.M.Annadurai, IRS Program Director, discussed about the future EO missions of ISRO followed by the new products and services details by Dr.A.Senthil Kumar, GD (G &SP). Dr.P.G.Diwakar DD RSA& SDAPSA briefed about advances in operational RS applications at NRSC which was followed by Dr.V.Jayaraman, Sathish Dhawan Professor, ISRO HQRS who discussed about the challenges of NRSC for the next decades. He also pointed out that many of those challenges including the one faced by the global EO user community. Dr.Navalgund appreciated all the speakers and concluded the session with remarks on current dissemination trends and improvements that has happened in view of IMGOES implementation etc.
The second plenary was conducted under the chairmanship of Dr.P.G.Diwakar DD (RSA& SDAPSA) discussed the utilization of “bhuvan” platform by various user community. The session discussed over all capabilities and services that are available from bhuvan. The Asset mapping by APSHCL, Agricultural application by MNCFC, Odisha ortal by ORSAC, Pipe line monitoring by GAIL and the Punjab Portal by PRSC were presented by respective users who used the bhuvan platform. The Chairman has briefed the journey of Bhuvan which started as visualization portal and now has evolved as a platform and utilization of the services on various application sectors.
The first technical session on RS data utilization by Academia was chaired by Dr.R.Ramakrishnan comprising five papers. Dr.Sabesan VCRC presented his paper on Plenary who discussed above the RISAT 1 data utilization in the monitoring and prediction of Japanese Encephalitis vector abundance. The other papers presented were geoifnromatics in disaster management with respect to field perspectives , RISAT-1 Radargrammerty for generating terrain relief and soil moisture studies assessment using RISAT 1 data. The second session which was earmarked for user feedback has four working groups focusing on Land, Large Scale Mapping Services, Microwave Products and services, Climatic and ocean data services. These four groups were conducted in parallel.
Like in the past to promote Official Language Hindi and also to encourage and carry out the technical work in Hindi, the technical session four was devoted to Hindi emphasising utilisation of Remote Sensing for various applications and its achievements. The session was chaired by Dr. J R Sharma, CGM, RC and co chaired by Dr OP Sharma, Emeritus Scientist, NGRI. The lead talk was given by Dr. OP Sharma on Deccan Trap: Evolution & Biological extinction. Total nine papers were presented during the session on usage of Cartosat-2 images in the inland waterways activities of India , usage of Bhuvan Panchayat portal for effective planning of decentralization in India, Software based Geo-Environmental Analysis and multi-mode reflectance model for Kalazar (Vector-disease) explained that how satellite imagery helps in analyzing the extent area and disease in a particular area. The Retrieval and Validation of Chlorophyll-a in the Coastal Waters Off Yanam and Kakinada along East coast of India and Usage of Multi-frequency and multi polarization ESAR data in Geo-sciences exploration, Usage of scatterometer in the area of lower stratosphere. There was also a presentation on Quality policy which translates as to what parameters are necessary to maintain the quality.
The technical session 5 on contributed papers comprising of six papers was chaired by Dr.S.S.Ray. The CRM presentation focused on the role of CRM for business development and reduction of person dependence and improvement in response time. Natural Resources Inventory in Kashmir, Delineation and estimation of Rice-Wheat and Development of support system for precision agriculture. The agricultural inventory studies basically were done using Resourcesat-1 sensor. Chairman, Session brought out the advantages of Resourcesat-2 in terms of radiometry and its improved discerning capability for agricultural classification and also the advantages of RISAT-1 satellite for agricultural studies.
Dr.J.R.Sharma, CGM, RRSC chaired Technical session six of contributed papers comprising of six presentations. The ISROs RESPOND program discussed the opportunities by institutions to associate with ISRO. The second paper Monitoring and Modeling patterns of Urban growth in Chennai the authors / presenter quantified urbanization trends in Chennai using temporal data and analyzed the land use / land cover dynamics. The urban growth by 2026 was modeled and predicted the urban growth poles in Chennai. Mr.K.G.Abhilash, Calicut University in his paper described a web-based GIS application developed for Calicut University which enables a user to get spatial information about the campus. The paper “Landscape status and hydrological regime: insights to linkages in Sharavati and Varada Catchments, central western ghats Chennai “ The authors illustrated how the differences in land cover cause variation in water availability in the Sharavati and Varada Catchments. The paper “Solar potential analysis using Remote sensing and GIS” discusses about estimation of local solar irradiance and identification of potential areas for solar power generation using remote sensing. Dr.PVNRaju, presented the various capacity building activities from IIRS, Dehradun. Ms.Pragati Singh and Mr.Muralikrishna were not there to present their paper. The State User Meet was organized along with this which was attended by 31 delegates from various states Remote Sensing Centers.
On Second Day the technical session on user experience was chaired by Dr.R.Nagaraja comprising four presentations. The Use of SIS-DP data base for state developmental programs discussed the utilization of same data sets for various projects IWMP watershed projects, Town & Country planning, Road Network, Village boundaries, and asset mapping. The Agriculture Land Products and services discussed about the vegetation index derived from AWiFS (four cycles of NDVI – Khariff and two cycles for Rabi.). The advantages of RISAT 1 MRS data especially during cloudy season was also brought out in this presentation. The Aerial data and user project discussed on DMSP, WAPCOST, NWDA, Corridor mapping and National Carbon Project. The ward level mapping and extraction of administrative boundaries, census were also discussed. The State User Meet was organized along with this which was attended by 31 delegates from various states Remote Sensing Centers. There was good participation from various sectors of Academic, Private, Central and State apart from NRSC/ISRO centers.
The final panel discussions was chaired by Dr.R.R.Navalgund with panelists Director NRSC, Director EOS, DD(RSA&SDAPSA) , and GD NDC had an open session and all the feedback from four working group was read out. Once users were given chance to give feedback which was responded accordingly. The session concluded with a formal vote of thanks by Dr.Reghunatha Menon K.P, organizing secretary of UIM 2015